Homeless in Japanese City Hired as Tour Guides

Posted on January 4, 2012

In an effort to curb prejudice toward the homeless in Sapporo, Japan, the city has hired a number of them to serve as tour guides.

Sapporo, a major tourist district known for its cuisine and a yearly snow festival, has placed five homeless and past homeless individuals at a tourist information booth.

The booth was opened in early December by a magazine devoted to helping the homeless.

According to Nagisa Hirata, who serves as a volunteer with Big Issue Sapporo, “I hope that the information desk will help people discard their prejudice against homeless people and provide homeless people with a social connection.”

While the idea is great, and indeed a novel one, the homeless workers actually don’t earn a salary.

Instead, they receive a percentage of the profits earned from magazine sales.

I think I did that in middle school.

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